Cybersecurity or Surveillance? Debunking Misconceptions
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Cybersecurity or Surveillance? Debunking Misconceptions

Cybersecurity in the workplace can invoke the feeling of “big brother” for some employees. Cybersecurity software meant to safeguard digital assets and data can (for some) increase feelings of intrusion and monitoring. These feelings can lead to concerns about privacy. However, the purpose of cybersecurity as a practice is NOT employee surveillance- that is a misconception.

Cybersecurity proactively watches for threat actors. Your IT provider should have qualified technicians on staff. Technicians who are viewing alerts, checking various software tools and working to fight against security threats. These technicians oversee alerts to ensure cyber secure software is active and up to date.

A proactive defense does not equate to offensive spying on your employees. Cybersecurity companies are looking for behavior different from normal daily work. They are looking for indicators of compromise. From there they can remove the threat and return your company to normal operations.

IT providers must address concerns to ensure there is trust with clients. Therefore, the best security occurs when employees and the IT provider are transparent and works together with client employees. It should be the goal of every IT provider (and employer) to foster trust and confidence in digital environments. Fostering an open culture with IT is ideal.

Cybersecurity Spies on Employees

Cybersecurity aims to prevent outside hacking and theft, not police employee behavior. The goal of cybersecurity is to keep you safe; it is not to watch your every move.

A strong security posture requires employees to feel comfortable having an honest relationship with their IT provider. Clients should be comfortable going to their IT provider when a human error occurs. Doing so allows IT providers the best opportunity to act fast.

As Infosecurity Magazine states, “A positive security culture is one in which employees feel comfortable and confident speaking openly about security issues and that their organization will judge their actions or decisions fairly and empathetically. Positive security cultures liberate staff, ensuring they make decisions that protect the entire organization, not just themselves.” The earlier clients notify their IT provider of an issue, the faster the IT provider can get to work. The IT provider can work to limit damage or possibly prevent damage all together.

Why Antivirus Software Isn’t Enough

Cybersecurity goes beyond installing antivirus software. Cybersecurity needs to collect data to look for potential threats. Antivirus software does a basic scan, and it requires individuals to manually check that software is working. They must also ensure antivirus software is constantly up to date.

Cybersecurity involves collecting data, checking alerts, seeing odd behaviors, technicians review scans and take right actions. The goal of cybersecurity is proactively ensuring no cyber-criminal can access your network. This also means looking backwards after something happens. Your IT provider needs to collect data to see what a threat actor touched and make sure they are out of your network.

Think of your company as a castle within a kingdom. Antivirus software is a moat. The moat will help protect the castle, but by itself it is not enough to defend your kingdom.

Without armored knights ensuring the drawbridge is up, there is no real defense. The moat surrounding the castle can only narrow how an intruder gets in. You wouldn’t put anyone in armor and call them a knight; only trained professionals. You want people who are qualified and trained to protect your kingdom, such as highly trained network IT technicians.

Finding Balance Between Privacy and Protection

User training is crucial to an effect cybersecurity posture. People are the first line of defense against cyber threats. They need to have the training to know how to spot and respond to attacks. Employees need reassurance that the organization has their back.

Everyone is in this fight together to protect data and allow the staff the freedom to do their jobs. Reasonable security policies must strike a delicate balance between safeguarding sensitive information and respecting individuals’ privacy.

By implementing strong encryption protocols, conducting regular security audits, consistent employee training, IT providers work to uphold data protection by reviewing critical information. Cybersecurity uses innovative software to secure data without compromising personal privacy.

Cybersecurity providers must work to strike a balance between strong security measures and user convenience. Finding the right balance of security, safeguarding data without compromising usability is the answer to fostering a secure and user-friendly digital environment.

Cybersecurity Enhances Privilege and Safety

Effective cybersecurity measures protect individuals and companies from cyber threats. However, cybersecurity protocols also promote freedom to work securely in digital realms. By safeguarding information and preventing cyber-criminal access, cybersecurity empowers users to navigate the online world more securely.

Through proactive monitoring and threat detection, cybersecurity enhances the overall security posture of networks and systems. Users can engage in online activities with minimal fear of compromise or exploitation. Embracing cybersecurity practices as a strategy is essential for ensuring the continued safety of digital interactions in today’s digital environments.

Transparency Creates Trust with Companies and IT Providers

Transparency between users and IT providers builds trust. When IT providers openly communicate their processes and methods, employers can gain a clear understanding of strategies at play. Transparency instills confidence in users.

By providing insights into their methods, IT providers show a commitment to honesty and collaboration. Which in turn strengthens the trust relationship with clients.

Transparent communication is integral to building trust and cooperation between clients and IT teams. At 4BIS Cybersecurity we believe in transparency. If clients (or prospective clients) ask us questions, we answer honestly and with transparency. Learn how our cybersecurity services provide protection without invasion of privacy by reaching out to us.

At 4BIS Cybersecurity, we have thirty years of experience. We love knowing we are keeping our client’s data secure and their employees working!


Working with the right IT provider is the first step to safeguarding your company, company data, clients and employees. Interested in talking further with an IT professional? Contact our team of IT professionals in Cincinnati, Ohio, to see which officer is right for your business.


  • Christina Teed

    Christina is a highly experienced professional with over fifteen years of work in various fields. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English Education and Theatre, which has provided her with a strong foundation in communication. Throughout her career, Christina has developed a diverse range of skills including program management, public speaking, leadership development, interpersonal skills, education, operations, project management, and leadership. At 4BIS Cybersecurity, Christina has held several roles including working as a tech on the helpdesk, various administrative responsibilities, digital creator, and content creation. With her wealth of skills and experience, she brings a unique blend of creativity, communication, and leadership to her work, making her a reliable and effective professional. However, Christina's favorite role in life is that of a dedicated wife and mom.

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